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Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving

Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving

Scritto da Mo Rocca

Narrato da Mo Rocca


Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving

Scritto da Mo Rocca

Narrato da Mo Rocca

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4.5/5 (89 valutazioni)
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11 ore
Pubblicato:
Nov 5, 2019
ISBN:
9781508294931
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Descrizione

From beloved CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and humorist Mo Rocca, an entertaining and rigorously researched book that celebrates the dead people who have long fascinated him.

Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries—reading about the remarkable lives of global leaders, Hollywood heavyweights, and innovators who changed the world. But not every notable life has gotten the send-off it deserves. His quest to right that wrong inspired Mobituaries, his #1 hit podcast. Now with Mobituaries, the book, he has gone much further, with all new essays on artists, entertainers, sports stars, political pioneers, founding fathers, and more. Even if you know the names, you've never understood why they matter...until now.

Take Herbert Hoover: before he was president, he was the "Great Humanitarian," the man who saved tens of millions from starvation. But after less than a year in the White House, the stock market crashed, and all the good he had done seemed to be forgotten. Then there's Marlene Dietrich, well remembered as a screen goddess, less remembered as a great patriot. Alongside American servicemen on the front lines during World War II, she risked her life to help defeat the Nazis of her native Germany. And what about Billy Carter and history's unruly presidential brothers? Were they ne'er-do-well liabilities…or secret weapons? Plus, Mobits for dead sports teams, dead countries, the dearly departed station wagon, and dragons. Yes, dragons.

Rocca is an expert researcher and storyteller. He draws on these skills here. With his dogged reporting and trademark wit, Rocca brings these men and women back to life like no one else can. Mobituaries is an insightful and unconventional account of the people who made life worth living for the rest of us, one that asks us to think about who gets remembered, and why.

Pubblicato:
Nov 5, 2019
ISBN:
9781508294931
Formato:
Audiolibro

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Informazioni sull'autore

Mo Rocca is a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, host of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, and host and creator of the Cooking Channel’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli, in which he learned to cook from grandmothers and grandfathers across the country. He’s also a frequent panelist on NPR’s hit weekly quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Rocca spent four seasons as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He began his career in TV as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award–winning PBS children’s series Wishbone. As an actor, Mo starred on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Rocca is the author of All the Presidents’ Pets, a historical novel about White House pets and their role in presidential decision-making.

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  • (5/5)
    Interesting listen with great mini biographies. Quite a few of the people I don't know about but it still provide great lesson to be learnt. Mo Rocca's entertaining story telling style makes this even more pleasent.
  • (5/5)
    I drive a semi truck everyday and i love listening to the stories of people i once knew but really didn't know their life history. Ive enjoyed every single one Mo talks about. You wont be sorry.
  • (5/5)
    I gave this one a 5-star rating because it's just such an enjoyable book - quirky, informative and fun. I've always been fond of a well-written obituary, and this is a book full of them! Not just people, but a country (Prussia), reputations, movements, and trees are memorialized here with grace and humor. I like Mo Rocca on TV (mostly CBS This Morning) and he did not disappoint!
  • (4/5)
    Never having listened to Rocca’s podcast, I wasn’t sure what to expect from his book of the same name. As it turned out, I enjoyed the book, although I must admit, about 2/3 of the way through,, I began skimming, especially during the sidebar stories.Rocca features the stoies of many well known people with some not so well known stories in their lives. Others who are less well known have their stories told as well. Rocca writes longer pieces separated by shorter sidebars of people of fit the theme he is discussing at that point in the book. I found out some interesting things about celebrities I thought I already knew. But, until Rocca told their stories, who knewa?An enjoyable book that can be picked up and put down through several settings. Perfect for the doctor’s office and/or for bedtime.
  • (5/5)
    Stuff you might not have known about dead people! I really enjoyed Mobituaries, read by Mo. Mo obviously did extensive research on his subjects and presents it in an entertaining way. Definitely worth a listen!
  • (4/5)
    If I hadn’t been listening to the podcast I would have given 5 stars but it is largely the same. Lovely ending though
  • (5/5)
    Great reading. Great author. Couldn’t put it down. So much information
  • (4/5)
    The concept is intriguing, but the idea of reading a book full of obituaries is also off-putting. What I found was a book full of trivia data, often amusing, often biased, and often about presidents and/or persons in the film and music entertainment industry. It was surprisingly enjoyable, on several occasions I found myself ‘sharing’ with my spouse, “did you know, that. . .,” and certainly read quickly. In short, not macabre as I had feared, and a fun read, leaving me with the impression that probably everyone has at least one notable mention in their lifetimes’. It just takes a genius of an idea and a fanatic researcher to find the noteworthy and make it entertaining. I predict you will like this book.
  • (5/5)
    historical-figures, historical-research, history, verbal-humor, world-history *****People, places, things, TV shows, and more! Anyone who has any kind of interest in any kind of history will geek this book as much as I do. I never had a lot of interest in TV (working off shifts is part of it) so I've never seen the author's contributions there, but I have now subscribed to the Mobituaries podcasts. I'm tempted to list the chapter headings, but that would get crazy. So, I'll just leave you with the idea that this is a great read and also a great gift.I requested and received a free ebook copy from Simon and Schuster Publishing via NetGalley. Thank you!
  • (5/5)
    I absolutely love Mo Rocco! He has a way with memories he was able to transport me back to the “way back” in the station wagon. This is the best way to describe why I love this book so much! He writes with such humor, compassion, and detail I am so sorry that I have finished the book! I was already a fan from his work on Sunday Morning but now I am a super fan! Please write another book soon!!!!!!!
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely fabulous! I am now a convert to this wonderfully charming, insightful author.